Saturday, February 21, 2009

Crabtree to Undergo Foot Surgery

by: Mike Parker

It seems as though WR Michael Crabtree's Combine days are over before they began, as the projected-no. 4 overall draft pick learned he would need surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot.

The projected timetable for recovery from this type of surgery, according to ESPN's John Clayton, is six to 10 weeks.

Obviously, this puts a huge dent in Crabtree's value in the draft as a top-tier pick. It's especially bad for Crabtree because teams will now be forced to rely on tapes from his college days in order to size him up. Plus, with monsters like OT Jason Smith wowing every coach, player and GM who's even so much as heard his name in the past week, some front offices may be quick to look past Crabtree already.

And here in Seattle, the last thing we need is another injury-prone receiver.

This does not bode well for the player who seemed certain to be drafted by the Seahawks in April.

But with former Missouri WR Jeremy Maclin also putting on a good show at the Combine, could Ruskell & co. really be thinking that Maclin is an adequate replacement for this unexpected turn of events? -END-